Apply for a National Medal for Museum and Library Service

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor awarded to libraries and museums for service to their communities.

Anyone — an employee, a board member, a volunteer, a member of the public, or a government official — is invited to nominate an institution. Museums and libraries of most disciplines and types are eligible. To be considered, the institution must complete and return the nomination materials (PDF) by October 1, 2018.

Now in its 25th year, the annual IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service recognizes libraries and museums whose programs and services contribute demonstrably to the wellbeing of their communities. Medalist institutions exceed typical levels of community outreach by supporting community cohesion and helping to catalyze positive change. Winners’ collaborative, adaptive programs, co-created with their communities, demonstrate exemplary service.

Nominees should review the IMLS Strategic Plan and highlight how their work aligns with the goals of promoting lifelong learning, building institutional capacity, and increasing access to their information and collections. Successful applications will showcase how their work with these contexts is making a difference for their communities.

This year, IMLS is particularly interested in library or museum programs that enhance services for veterans and military families, sustain growth opportunities for diverse youth and young professionals, or provide assistance to diverse youth, families, or seniors. Institutions interested in being considered should read the nomination form carefully and contact the designated program contacts with questions.

Museums: Mark Feitl, Museum Program Officer, mfeitl@imls.gov, 202-653-4635

Libraries: Madison Bolls, Senior Program Officer, mbolls@imls.gov, 202-653-4786

You may also contact IMLS via e-mail at nationalmedals@imls.gov. More information about the National Medals can be found on the IMLS website.

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